Where to really escape the crowds

You’ve left the marina, the engine is off, the sails are up and the only sound is the water gently lapping against the hull. This is the freedom and escape you’ve been eagerly anticipating.  Next stop, a calm secluded bay for lunch and then an afternoon sail into the next port, but what then? A busy marina with yachts jostling for spaces– families shouting as they try to negotiate tight moorings, port papers needed NOW, and people running, dancing, talking. Where did the peace and quiet go? That tranquil feeling just an hour ago was the calm before the storm! Yes, it is part of the fun of sailing (especially in the Med), and for many a key ingredient to a great sailing vacation, but what if you REALLY want to escape. You dream of your own deserted island. A self inflicted Robinson Crusoe (without the shipwreck of course!). Consider the following a treasure map you can only reach by water, will you dare to explore?

Thailand… depart from Phuket heading South East:


Koh Rok Nok

Uninhabited, superb snorkelling, wildlife, stunning powder beaches and coral reefs highly… sounding good yet? If you are feeling extra adventurous you can hire a tent to go camping in Had Koh Rok.

French Polynesia, start from Raiatea on Tahiti:

More uninhabited islands than you could count let alone visit, due to massive variety of sealife the only company you will find here will be a school of dolphin or a humpback whale. Bliss!


French Polynesia


Santa Luzia, Cape Verde, leave from São Vicente

As former hermitage Santa Luzia is ideal for those looking to escape civilization for a few hours. This beautiful island is uninhibited and your arrival will be greeted by crystal clear water lapping against stunning white sand beaches set against the backdrop of magnificent volcanic mountains. Apart from the odd local, spear in hand, fishing in the reef you will find yourself all alone for a day of tranquillity.


Playa Paraiso, Cuba… sail from Cayo Largo

Feel as though you have been transported into your computer’s tropical island screensaver by visiting Playa Paraiso. A 2.5-mile-long stretch of white sand on a 17-mile-long uninhabited island 60 miles off Cuba’s southwest coast. The only thing that can make tranquillity better is a Palapa Bar that serves only rum and cigars – which is good because this is the only civilization on Playa Paraiso. Feel like Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall by taking a charter from Cayo Largo.


The LateSail team have years of experience arranging charters in very corner of the world, and are full of helpful tips and advice to help you plan the perfect escape.

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